What's Beautiful Now: Late-Winter Buds and Blooms

As the snows of winter retreat the year's first buds and blooms tentatively open with each warm spell. As you stroll through the Garden, keep an eye open for subtle variations and small splashes of color that herald the first stirrings of spring. In the Perennial Garden, Snowdrops, Galanthus elwesii, huddle under the fringed leaves of early-blooming Hellebores. On the Ladies' Border, Adonis amurensis, a rare herbaceous perennial, provides pops of sunny yellow. In the Home Gardening Center there is more yellow, this time the blooms of the Chinese witch-hazel, Hamamellis mollis.

Also watch for pussywillows in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, the red buds of Parrotia persica in the Benenson Ornamental Conifers, and other early-blooming trees in the Forest and elsewhere across the Garden's 250-acres.

Adonis amurensis Amur adonis

In the Ladies' Border

Galanthus elwesii Giant Snowdrop

In the Perennial Garden

Helleborus niger 'HGC Josef Lemper' Christmas Rose

In the Perennial Garden

Hamamelis mollis Chinese Witch-Hazel

In the Home Gardening Center

Parrotia persica Persian Ironwood Tree

In the Benenson Ornamental Conifers